Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Speeds Along, Yields Disappointing

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 6, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“The soybean harvest continued with disappointing yields, a result of extended period of saturated soils during the growing season. Sugarcane harvest was under way with some lower than expected yields. Dry conditions allowed for some land preparation for next year. Crawfish ponds will go under flood in the coming weeks. Cattle producer prepped pastures for winter plantings and wound down the hay baling with an abundance of hay available. The spring run of calves went to market.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Dry weather hampered ryegrass pasture development but allowed for significant fieldwork in rice and sugarcane fields. Cane harvest went well under dry conditions during the week. Cattlemen continued to wean and market calves.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Continued dry field conditions provided for excellent fieldwork progress in recent weeks. Sugarcane planting nearly 100% complete and harvest well underway. Early season cane tonnage reports relatively low but farmers appreciative of good weather. Soybean harvest made good progress with yield reports mixed. Cattle and hay growers wrapping up hay harvest and beginning to plant ryegrass. Rain will be needed soon to aid in early growth of cool season forages. Cattlemen also busy weaning and marketing calves but hoping for upturn in calf prices soon.”

Mariah Simoneaux, Assumption Parish
“Still hot and dry. The plant cane and pastures would benefit from a good rain.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Dry conditions allowed soybean farmers to harvest a large portion of the soybeans within Acadia Parish. Dry conditions in the future are expected and I expect soybean harvest to begin wrapping up next week with there being very few soybean fields left to cut. Some crawfish farmers started to flood their fields in preparation for the upcoming crawfish season. Some second crop rice fields were getting very close to being cut. Lots of fieldwork completed last week.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 6, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 14 percent very short, 43 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 14 percent very short, 40 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

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